March 10, 2020 – Rehabilitation Therapy Support Skills with Robin Roots, Tracy Dignum and Dawne Persson


The Rehabilitation Therapy Support Skills program was developed as a partnership between Capilano University, the University of British Columbia and Carrier Sekani Family Services. This pilot program assessed the feasibility of a training pathway for health workers employed in remote First Nation communities to obtain the skills necessary for employment as rehabilitation support personnel to enhance rehabilitation service delivery.  The presentation will begin with an overview of the importance of rehabilitation service delivery and challenges to optimal delivery in smaller communities outside of the Lower Mainland and then will outline the pilot program format and delivery in communities in the Central Interior of BC, lessons learned, feedback, future directions and perspectives of participants.

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.

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About the Presenters:


Robin Roots: BA, BHScPT, MSc – Coordinator of Clinical Education, Northern and Rural Cohort, UBC

Robin Roots is a Senior Instructor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) based at UNBC in Prince George. Robin earned her BHScPT at McMaster University and a MSc in Rehabilitation Science at UBC completing her thesis on rural rehabilitation practice. Her research interests are in health service delivery in rural and remote regions and exploring innovative models of service that increase access to care. She has 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist in rural practice and works with Carrier Sekani Family Service supporting physiotherapy services.

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Tracy Dignum: BScPT, MEd, MSc – Coordinator of Rehabilitation Assistant diploma program, Capilano University

Tracy Dignum has coordinated the Rehabilitation Assistant diploma program at Capilano University for 16 years and has been involved in a range of initiatives nationally to optimize the training of support personnel in rehabilitation. Tracy graduated in 1991 from Queen’s University with a BSc in Physiotherapy and completed her Bachelor of Education at Memorial University in 2011. She completed her Master of Science in Rehab Science at UBC in 2018. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 20 years of experience in musculoskeletal and neurological clinical contexts.

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Dawne Persson – Early Childhood Development Team Lead at Carrier Sekani Family Services.

I was born and raised in Vanderhoof B.C. I have worked for Carrier Sekani Family Service in the Early Childhood Development field since 2008. I’m currently the Director of Early Childhood Development Department which has a range of different programs such as: Canadian Prenatal Nutrition program, Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program, Best Beginnings Outreach Program, Maternal Child Health, Children’s Oral Health Initiative program, and Aboriginal Head Start. I have taken numerous courses over the years including my Early Childhood Diploma, Infant Development/Supported Child Development certification, doula training, Rehabilitation Support Skills certificate and currently in my second year for my Bachelors of Social Work.


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